BOSS GT-10B Bass Sound Samples and Patches



Here are some sound samples recorded with my BOSS GT-10B bass floorboard processor. In my opinion this is the best overall multieffects processor for bass guitar.

Note I'm a self-taught, intermediate player. While I lack formal training, I do have a fair amount of experience with wide variety of hardware multi-effects from Behringer, Line6, BOSS, and Roland, as well as other pedal and rack effects, and most software amp simulators and various plugin effects. Hopefully that lends itself towards some quality patches.

Overall there is a lot (a LOT) of features in the GT-10B, many I've never used like the internal pedal assign. I suggest downloading Gumtown's excellent floorboard app which will provide a graphical software application to help you view, create, and manage your patches. You can get there here:  http://fxfloorboard.sourceforge.net/info.php?model=gt-10b   And shame on BOSS/Roland for not taking the time and effort to create one themselves. Line6 blows them out of the water with their software, plugin versions of their hardware, online repository of patches that are easy to share and download, an actual company hosted user forum, and on and on and on. The best place to go for user based help, patches, information, etc. is the GT-10B thread on TalkBass.com

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My quick review of the unit:

  • Pros: Overall the best mutlifeffects floorboard processor for bass guitar; loaded with a lot of extremely good sounding bass amp sims including a very good Ampeg sim; all effects have enough parameters to be fully functional with bass such as clean blend/bottom blend/frequency controls to center the effects to the bass frequencies you want to effects (Line6 has none of this to my knowledge you just have to hope the guitar effects work well with bass); tons of unique controls such as envelope or frequency based signal splits; tons of internal and external controls provided; tons of input/output options including amp control, a fully configurable mono FX loop, both 1/4" and XLR DI outputs; extremely well constructed with a reasonably easy to use hardware UI; there are so many possible assigns to modulate effect parameters you'll likely never use them all; can be used to send MIDI PC and MIDI CC to external gear - in fact it provides almost as much general MIDI functionality as a Behringer FCB-1010 though you cannot latch MIDI CC it simply sends CC while you physically press the pedals and ceases when you stop but it still has a ton of MIDI output capability to control external gear.
  • Cons: My personal biggest complaint is that the drive effects are still sub-par compared to current Line6 and other digital processors (requires a lot of bottom or clean blend and EQ afterwards to be usable and will still sound fairly digital and thin and not lush); while there is both tap tempo and MIDI Clock for beat-synced effects there is no way to control when the LFO period starts thus no way to truly sync run-on effects like Tremolo, auto-wah, modulation, internal wave pedal, etc. to the beat as the LFO period could start on the 2 beat instead of the 1 as you'd hope; MIDI Clock sync drifts off tempo sooner than it should; no BOSS / Roland provided software editor like with Line6 (though Gumtown has provided a good one for us to use) and thus no online repository of patches for the company and users to share like with Line6; no MIDI Thru (so stupid); no BOSS / Roland provided user group and their email support system is very restrctive though they provide timely replies; according to BOSS support the XLR DI outputs do not have phantom protection (what-the-WHAT?).
Conclusion: My all time favorite multi effect box. Easy to program on the hardware, dual signal chains, tons of great sounding effects, tons of I/O, and you can use it as a MIDI controller and recording interface. And they're only $250-$300 on the used market - that's the cost of a tuner a few cheap stomp boxes.

BOSS GT-10B



MP3 Patch Download (right-click and save) Description Instrument Used Interface Used Notes
n/a Bypass reference tone Lakland Duck Dunn P bass, Lindy Fralin pickup, DR
Fatbeam strings, pick
GT-10B USB GT-10B in bypass mode, reference dry tone of the instrument.
Slow string / orchestral sound via Slow Gear and Harmonizer (set to Am, so reconfigure for your key) Lakland Duck Dunn P bass fingered GT-10B USB First run is 100% GT-10B, second run adds a Source Audio filter in the FX loop and set to a vocal quality for a smoother bowed violin sound, at least in my opinion.
Rock bass amp, dark sounding without a lot of brightness Lakland Duck Dunn P bass picked GT-10B USB My basic amp sim patch I base most of my other regular rock patches on. Gives a nice, dark, slightly gritty rock bass tone. I find the darker tone sits better in the mix, most engineers will roll off the highs significantly anyway in recordings. CTRL2 changes to a heavier drive FX. Leverages light compression, light drive, the Ampeg Concert 810 amp sim, and additional EQ afterwards to fully shape the sound.
VCO Bass Fuzz Lakland Duck Dunn P bass picked GT-10B USB Gives what I think is a VCO type fuzz sound. Not quite as excellent as a Copilot Orbit stomp, but a similar layered, almost synthy sound. Note the synth and ringmod used do not track open strings that great, nor super low notes.
N/A Arpegiatted Synth via Wave PDL Lakland Duck Dunn P bass picked GT-10B USB Note these patches use a BOSS OC-2 octaver in the FX loop, a Pitch Shifter is sent to the OC-2 and oscillated with some internal Wave PDL assigns modulating the pitch against tempo. 
Various synth patches Lakland Duck Dunn P bass picked GT-10B USB Note these SOME of these patches use a BOSS OC-2 octaver in the FX loop. Some of the patches have an extremely boosted compressor, drive, etc. pushing the OC-2 into serious clipping and eating up all of that extra volume boost. If you do not put an OC-2 in your FX loop you may experience horribly loud volumes.
N/AVarious synth patchesN/AN/AVarious patches that are more generally usable than heavily experimental. Same warning applies about some patches possibly using the OC-2 in the FX loop.
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Chorus factory presetsLakland Duck Dunn P bass pickedGT-10B USBI recorded a dry track then reamped it via USB. Basic Ampeg amp sim twice through the progression, then I cycle through each of the 10 Chorus factory presets, then through each of the 2x2 Chorus factory presets. Note chorus is placed after the amp sim.
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Phase and Flanger factory presetsLakland Duck Dunn P bass pickedGT-10B USBI recorded a dry track then reamped it via USB. Basic Ampeg amp sim twice through the progression, then I cycle through each of the Phaser factory presets, then through each of the Flange factory presets. Note phase/flange are placed after the amp sim.
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Delay factory presets and more delayLakland Duck Dunn P bass pickedGT-10B USBI recorded a dry track then reamped it via USB. Basic Ampeg amp sim once through the progression, then I cycle through each of the Delay factory presets, then through some additional delay sounds. 
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Amp simulator factory presetsLakland Duck Dunn P bass pickedGT-10B USBI recorded a dry track then reamped it via USB. Then I cycle through each of the Amp Sim factory presets. Keep in mind there's no compression, drive, or additional EQ applied, and the last 3 factory sims are guitar amps which is where the drive comes from in those examples.  Compare these factory sounds to my custom Ampeg sound above.
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Drive effect factory presetsLakland Duck Dunn P bass pickedGT-10B USBI recorded a dry track then reamped it via USB. Basic Ampeg amp sim with NO drive effect enabled (my custom preset shared above has mild drive effect) once through the progression, then I cycle through each of the Drive factory presets.
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Compressor factory presetsLakland Duck Dunn P bass pickedGT-10B USBI recorded a dry track then reamped it via USB. Basic Ampeg amp sim with NO drive effect enabled (my custom preset shared above has mild drive effect) once through the progression, then I cycle through each of the Compressor factory presets which I had to do my best to manually adjust compressor level (gain) for something close to unity as the factory presets vary wildly in volume for whatever reason.
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Reverb factory presetsLakland Duck Dunn P bass pickedGT-10B USBI recorded a dry track then reamped it via USB. Basic Ampeg amp sim with NO drive effect enabled (my custom preset shared above has mild drive effect) once through the progression, then I cycle through each of the Reverb factory presets. With the exception of the last preset for Mod Reverb I think they're all fairly mild, though add a lot of depth and liveliness.
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All of the factory presetsLakland Duck Dunn P bass pickedGT-10B USBI recorded a dry track then reamped it via USB while I cycle through ALL of the factory presets. There's a ton, so I only did a few seconds of each. Note they are not well balanced for output volume unity and are set that way at the factory. You'll note the synth patches do not track well on the second half of my progression since it's using held octaves and fifths and the synth effect only tracks monophonic playing and not chords. You'll also hopefully enjoy the STEREO imaging of some of the effects used in the patches, there's always something special about stereo delays and modulation.
Live bass AND guitar via effectsLakland Duck Dunn P bass pickedGT-10B USBLive ad-hoc jam showcasing the BOSS GT-10B dual-channel mixing and effects to create a basic bass line and lead guitar line simultaneously. No multi-tracking, no edits, just a single bass guitar and the BOSS GT-10B against a factory Addictive Drums loop.
N/AAll of m user presetsN/AN/AOver the couple years I've owned the GT-10B I've used it for a variety of purposes. MIDI controller for a PC software rig, full fledged all-in-one box to run to the PA, mulieffects into a regular amp, etc.  My Roland GR-55 has replaced the GT-10B due to the awesome synth tones and good-enough multieffects. I cannot possibly document each of the patches, nor document which are simply copies of the factory sounds, which are modified factory sounds, and which are totally mine. So here is my ENTIRE user patch section in one single librarian file. As noted above most of my synth patches are designed with a BOSS OC-2 with OCT1 soloed placed in the GT-10B S/R loop. Your mileage (output volumes ) may vary if you do not also place an OC-2 in the loop, or simply leave nothing connected to the loop to start with as some of the patches are sending +30db through the FX loop to overdrive the OC-2. My GT-10B has been sold as of 2011-11-05, no further updates will be made to this page. I do fully recommend this as the best all-in-one bass multieffects. So many totally usable tones, you can clean/LPF blend everything, dual signal chains by manual switching/envelope/crossover. This thing ROCKS!


 

Last updated 11-05-2011  

 

 
 
 

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